Final Match, Category: Into the Arena: You’ve fought your way through the MOCOlympics and it has all come down to this one, final battle for ultimate victory! One-on-one, gladiatorial style combat has existed for as long as humans could compete and place bets. From ancient Roman Gladiators all the way to future hard-suit battles and everything else in between, be it boxing, UFC, or WWE. Show us your take on gladiatorial combat!
Going into Round 7, I was low on inspiration. I’d already built a duel for this contest and I’d dabbled in 4 different brick-figure scales, mini-fig scale, and micro-scale. What was left? What hadn’t I done that would keep things fresh? The answer was…movement. I needed to build a real LEGO duel. I present the zoetrope (an early animation device)! Its cylindrical shape enabled me to build an arena with the illusion of an actual duel inside. The martial arts are steeped in arena combat, so…Ninjas ahoy! Enjoy the video!
I hope this explains why I was concerned about my BrickLink order too. While it’s normally possible to compensate with other parts, the illusion doesn't work unless the figures, panels, etc. are identical.
Quoting The Dunedain98 Your's was definitely more creative than you opponent's entry, it is too bad your brick order didn't come in time. Even without the specific bricks it still looks spectacular! I feel like if you had possible added more to the appearance on the outside of the panels it would have improved the MOC as a whole, but the lack of time might explain this.
Thanks Dune, though my orders actually did arrive in time! I agree that some added details to the facade might have helped if I was very careful about the added weight.
Quoting Nicholas Elliott
Puts a real 'spin' on interpretive MOCing!
Appreciation, appreciation. Puns for the win.
Quoting The sniper
I tought you had the win with this..... i was rooting for you.
Quoting Stuart Lucas
I honestly thought you would edge it until the last couple of votes came in...
Thanks gents, I appreciate your votes of confidence. If I'm being 100% honest, I thought I had it too. Given all the circumstances, the verdict was hard for me to accept from an artistic standpoint, but I'm simultaneously happy for Mr. Delahay. With the hardships he's been facing, it's always good to have some ups to balance the downs!
Quoting Chris Phipson
Dennis has contacted us and said that he is sick with the flu and unable to comment at this time. He did however ask one of us to comment with his vote. I'm sure once he's able he'll comment with some insight. His vote is for Stu/Delatron.
Well that's that and I wish Mr. Price a speedy recovery! Though I still wouldn't mind getting his insights at some point.
Quoting El Barto !
Although I made the mistake of watching the video while standing up...
Well the liability waiver did specifically state, "watch sitting down." What?! You never got one? ;)
Quoting Delatron 3000
Great Job Ian, totally unexpected direction.
Thank you Mr. Delahay and congratulations on the win!
Very well done, what a brilliant idea! Your's was definitely more creative than you opponent's entry, it is too bad your brick order didn't come in time. Even without the specific bricks it still looks spectacular! I feel like if you had possible added more to the appearance on the outside of the panels it would have improved the MOC as a whole, but the lack of time might explain this. Congratulations on second place, you did an incredible job this year!
I have no idea how you thought of this, thats a very cool idea. It is too bad it was blurrier than theoretically it would be but it still looks awesome and it is neat that you could keep the outside looking ninja-ish without hindering the function. Great job!
This is the most original MOC I have seen in a long time! Such a pity everyone is spoiled with HD video this day and age, but it would have earned you a nice warm place at the stake a few centuries ago for the witchcraft and wizardry displayed here! Very well done, chapeau!
Ian, your builds have been consistently superb in this competition, down to this truly amazing entry for the final round. I honestly thought you would edge it until the last couple of votes came in; as it is, you finish the games with your reputation enhanced and 7 more great MOCs to your name.
If you can't compete for the next year or few your talents will be missed, but somehow I suspect you'll be back sometime...
Whatever the future holds, Soli Deo gloria!
Ian: wow, what an incredible showing this year. Congratulations on coming in second! I’m not sure what the future holds in store for you, but I wish you the best of luck with your endeavours. Merry Christmas!
Dennis has contacted us and said that he is sick with the flu and unable to comment at this time. He did however ask one of us to comment with his vote. I'm sure once he's able he'll comment with some insight. His vote is for Stu/Delatron. Ian, congratulations on one heck of a final match! And congratulations Stu on your victory and being crowned the 2014 MocOlympics Grand Champion! And on a personal note... man, this contest is even putting the judges down for the count! Score! Thank you all! ~ Chris.
Wow Ian! This is fabulous! That is one of the most original things that I've ever seen rendered with LEGO bricks. The spinning function works very well, and the speed that it reaches is quite impressive. Amazing work!
Great Job Ian, totally unexpected direction. I suspect the comments below mean that your innovation will become an emulated 'thing' on its own like the pair dare before! Well done to you sir on a super showing this year and on great execution for this round in particular. Time to sit back, put our feet up and wait on the final vote.....
Thanks for your thoughtful and encouraging comments folks. Always appreciate y'all generously taking of your time to share.
Quoting Grant Davis
Are judges allowed to judge on the story? Looks like you lost 2 to that already?
There is no doubt in my mind who I would vote for ;)
You know as much as I do. Though having been a judge in the past, there were no specific criteria, so we could vote as we pleased. Given the variety in these votes, I expect that's still the case.
Quoting Max Pointner
Despite what you told me this morning, I think you've got a chance! Not only is your concept highly original, but your execution is very clean. Good luck!
What's this?! I get Pointner's annual MOCpages comment this year? Ain't that something! Teasing aside, I know what a busy fellow you are, so thanks for taking a moment to share your thoughts old sport. Really appreciate it.
Quoting Tyler Halliwell
His level of detail, with all of the shops filled, many different maniacal characters, and a great story to boot, were very representative of the category to me.
Your word is law here Tyler. Thanks for your time.
Quoting Mark McPeek
However, the sheer brilliance of Ian's illusion won me over.
Thank you, Mark.
Quoting matt rowntRee The next level after that wash was Stu's twisted humor, which is why he gets my vote.
While I'm disappointed about that final criteria (because my build was never intended to meet it), I understand the logic behind your approach. Thanks for all the time you've generously poured into judging this year, Matt!
Quoting Nick Barrett There was a lot of detail and character in Delatron's entry, but for me the perfect execution of a brilliant idea wins you my vote. It's 1:1 all to play for!
Thank you, Nick.
Quoting Chris Phipson My vote has to go with Stu. While I LOVE the originality of the illusion build Ian, Stu just won me over with all the little details throughout the mall.
Your word is law here Chris, thanks for your time!
Wow, you guys both pulled out some great builds. I really love things about both builds presented. Ian, this was a fantastic idea. The movement and effect is super cool. However, I wish you could have done more with the scene, especially given the glory that is round seven. I know you both had a lot of time constraints, but I feel like the build just needs one more little push to really take it over the top. In that regard, I have to give my vote to Stu. His level of detail, with all of the shops filled, many different maniacal characters, and a great story to boot, were very representative of the category to me. A fantastic round fought, and I hope you're incredibly proud of this build. I'd love to see the concept taken to the next level for BW this summer.
First of, all I can say is wow, just wow. Both of you did full justice to the category and produced spectacular entries - while ill, no less! Truly, you guys are real "iron builders". And such fantastic ideas! I wish I could vote for both of you, but since I have to choose, my vote goes to Ian. This was a very difficult decision. Stu: I love what you managed to capture and all the amazing (and very funny) details on your entry. However, the sheer brilliance of Ian's illusion won me over. Regardless of who wins, I want to congratulate both of you on your accomplishments this year and thank you for your hard work, dedication, and display of sportsmanship throughout these games. It's been a pleasure and an honour. Now, take a break and recover. You both need it! :)
This is impressive, sir. Staggering idea in general and amazingly executed without any prior design to follow. Completely original and innovative (worthy of a competition all it's own.) I love clever and that is exactly what you have delivered. I see this, however, as a good start, much like Stu's. I think a fair amount of refinement would make the effect more subtle and smooth. I think with more scenes and windows with less space between, it would take this experiment leaps forward. My decision then is based on the next level. You brought clever, Stu brought detail. The next level after that wash was Stu's twisted humor, which is why he gets my vote.
Obviously more sides and scenes would smooth things out but to me that's a bonus. I'm amazed that you've built a working zoetrope in Lego, especially on such a limited time scale. What an original idea! Excellent, creative Lego. I love it!
You've both battled on and produced superb entries, and as often happens between two talented builders, the results are so different it becomes hard to choose between them, but choose I must... There was a lot of detail and character in Delatron's entry, but for me the perfect execution of a brilliant idea wins you my vote. It's 1:1 all to play for! Good luck with the other judges.
Wow. Gentlemen, just... wow. Of all the directions that I saw this round going, neither of you went the way I envisioned and both of you exceeded all of my expectations! Stu, holy (bleep) man! I love the concept of taking shopping to a combat sport! And while I would have liked a little "play by play" commentary throughout the post, the concept and delivery was perfection! Ian, A zoetrope? Really? Dude, where did you even come up with that? I agree with one of the comments below that I can see this becoming a trend here with people trying out their own. Now I know I am far from being "without sin" but it looks like I'll be the one to cast the "first stone" here. My vote has to go with Stu. While I LOVE the originality of the illusion build Ian, Stu just won me over with all the little details throughout the mall. Great round guys and this one can go either way. Good luck to you both with the rest of the judges! ~ Chris.
Ian, this is an outstandingly original and bold idea! I always enjoy optical illusions rendered in Lego and this takes it to another level. I'm wondering why the blurriness - I guess it could be down to the weight of the spinning drum, or the slight looseness of Lego gears allowing a bit too much vibration as it rotates. In any case this still works as a proof of concept, you may have started a new sub-genre here! I think it will be a tough call for the judges, and wish you a blessed Christmas whichever way it goes!
Excellent work Ian! I especially like the use of the underside of the plates for the backdrop of the combatants. I'm glad that your order arrived and that you were able to complete your build and get it posted in time. Good luck with the judges!